Monday, October 24, 2016

The Chain of Lakes' Mineola Hotel-- Part 6: Just Standing There Now

The building in the 1960s, after all those years of use was also in need of repairs and updating to appeal to visitors.

The Jakstas family continued to operate a restaurant and bar in the building until 2012 when the Village of Fox Lake ordered it closed due to safety concerns.  The Landmarks Illinois Commission named it as one of the most endangered historic sites in the state in 2013.

Over the last few years, there have been several groups involved in trying to save the Mineola, or "Min" as regulars referred to it.  There are some who would like to see it leveled, and others like me, who would like to see it saved.

It still stands, but for how much longer, no one knows.

The Mineola is at 91 North Cora Street in Fox Lake, right on the western shore of Fox Lake.


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